Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz / Mireille Enos / Jamie Blackley /
Release Date: 2014-08-21
Production Companies: New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),
Director: R.J. Cutler, Jessica Clothier,
If I Stay Summary
Based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name. "If I Stay" is the story of the gifted classical musician Mia and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.
The title refers to Mia's fraught decision-should she cling to existence or just give up?-and, well before the end, even loyal viewers will be begging her to hurry up and choose.
Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.
For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.
The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay.
You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary.